This step by step diy project is about free backyard playhouse plans. I have designed this elevated playhouse, so you can create a cool retreat place for your kids to play and have fun. You can make lots of upgrades to my plans, such as adding a slide or even a sandbox. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Cut & Shopping Lists
- A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 69″long FLOOR
- B – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 36″ long POSTS
- C – 13 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 96″ long FLOOR
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long, 4 pieces – 57″ long, 2 pieces – 22 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- E – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 65″ long, 2 pieces – 22 3/4″ long, 4 pieces – 57″ long, 2 pieces – 19 3/4″ long FRONT WALL
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 65″ long, 4 pieces – 57″ long BACK WALL
- G – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x60″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x60″ long WALLS
- N – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 37″ long BRACES
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 7 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 6′
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 6′
- 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 26 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6′
- 13 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 8′
- 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 6d nails, 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- PART 1: Backyard Playhouse Plans
- PART 2: Backyard Playhouse Roof Plans
- PART 3: Backyard playhouse door and trims
How to build an elevated playhouse
The first step of the project is to build the floor for the playhouse from 2×6 lumber. Cut the joists at the right dimensions, as shown in the diagram. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the rim beams and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular joists. Place the joists every 16″ on center.
Fit the 4×4 legs to the floor frame. Use a spirit level to check if the joists are perfectly horizontal. Drill pilot holes through the floor frame and insert 3 1/2″ lag screws into the posts.
There are a few ways to secure the 4×4 posts into place. You can set the posts in concrete or you can use adjustable anchors and pour footings. Dig the holes 2-3′ deep (or under the front line) and about 12-13′ in diameter. Compact a layer of gravel to the bottom of the holes and then fit the tube forms. Fit the posts, align them and plumb them with a spirit level. Fill the forms with concrete, while the posts are locked into place with temporarily braces. If you use anchors, you need to align and set them into concrete. Fit the posts after the concrete dries, using lag screw.
Smart tip: Read the local building codes, so you dig the holes at the appropriate depth.
Fit the 1×6 slats to the floor frame. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock them to the joists tightly.
Build braces for the structure using 2×4 umber. Make 45 degree cuts to both ends of the braces and then smooth the edges flush.
Fit the braces to the frame of the playhouse and then secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. These braces will add strength to the frame and make the structure super stiff.
The next step of the project is to build the wall frames. Start with the side walls. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush for a neat result. Moreover, you need to frame a window opening to the sides.
Continue the project by framing the front wall. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Leave space for a door opening.
Assemble the back wall for the playhouse using the same techniques described above. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the edges are flush and check if the corners are square.
Fit the wall frames to the floor of the elevated playhouse and align the edges flush. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the floor. Moreover, you need to lock the adjacent walls together tightly with 2 1/2″ screws.
Fit the T1-11 siding/3/4″ plywood sheets to the sides of the playhouse. Cut the panels at the right dimensions and then secure them into place tightly with 6-8d nails. Leave no gaps between the sheets and align the edges flush.
This elevated playhouse has a simple but still unique design. This playhouse will add character to the property and more importantly, it will keep your kids happy and entertained. You could even fit a slide to the other side of the platform, or even to the front, to add more cool features to the backyard playhouse.
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